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Barr expands early release for inmates at prisons hard hit by coronavirus

Barr expands early release for inmates at prisons hard hit by coronavirus

Attorney General William Barr has directed prison officials at a number of federal facilities besieged by growing coronavirus cases to immediately maximize early release programs for a wide swath of vulnerable inmates. “We are experiencing significant levels of infection at several of our facilities,” Barr wrote in a memo Friday, singling out federal prisons in…MORE

Why these 8 Republican governors are holding out on statewide stay-at-home orders

Why these 8 Republican governors are holding out on statewide stay-at-home orders

Just eight US governors have decided against issuing statewide directives urging their residents to stay at home as the outbreak of the coronavirus escalates and spreads across the country, the last holdouts in the nation. The governors, all of whom are Republican, have offered a variety of explanations for why they have not followed the…MORE

Countless Americans cannot complete unemployment applications

Countless Americans cannot complete unemployment applications

Eight hours and 48 minutes. That’s how long Camilla Christiansen Poole waited on hold with the North Carolina Division of Employment Security, trying to find out why she could not file for unemployment online. The Asheville, North Carolina, resident had been laid off from her job as a medical courier on March 24 — one…MORE

‘Normal’ will look completely different when this is all over

We are all stuck in the midst of this thing — whether on the front lines of fighting it or just in our houses waiting for it to pass. More and more people are getting sick, and that means more and more people are being directly touched by the devastation of this disease. It’s going…MORE

State Department sends cable trying to streamline incoming requests for pandemic aid

State Department sends cable trying to streamline incoming requests for pandemic aid

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent a cable to all diplomatic and consular posts Friday to clarify where American diplomats overseas should direct incoming requests for Covid-19 medical supplies from foreign governments, authorities and international organizations. The cable demonstrates an effort to streamline the overwhelming number of requests the Trump administration is getting from entities…MORE